VIDEO: Terminally ill Sheffield Wednesday fan surprised with visit from Owls legend David Hirst

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A terminally ill Sheffield Wednesday fan has met some of his footballing heroes while he battles an incurable cancer.

Graham Compton, aged 53, from Jordanthorpe, has been given only weeks to live after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and an incurable brain tumour.

Former Sheffield Wednesday player David Hirst made a surprise visit to see Graham Compton at the Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care at the Northern General Hospital, Graham is terminally ill and is a life long Sheffield Wednesday fan.

Former Sheffield Wednesday player David Hirst made a surprise visit to see Graham Compton at the Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care at the Northern General Hospital, Graham is terminally ill and is a life long Sheffield Wednesday fan.

UPDATE: Sheffield Wednesday fans are being urged to take part in a minute’s applause for Graham today.

Graham Compton, aged 53, from Jordanthorpe, has been given only weeks to live after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and an incurable brain tumour.

An appeal has been made online for Owls supporters to applaud Graham on the 53rd minute of Sheffield Wednesday’s match against Bristol City on August 8.

Graham’s brother-in-law, John Towers, said: “We came up with the idea of a minute’s applause on the 53rd minute – Graham’s age – to show how special Graham is to his family.

Former Sheffield Wednesday player David Hirst made a surprise visit to see Graham Compton at the Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care at the Northern General Hospital, Graham is terminally ill and is a life long Sheffield Wednesday fan. David is pictured with Graham and family members.

Former Sheffield Wednesday player David Hirst made a surprise visit to see Graham Compton at the Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care at the Northern General Hospital, Graham is terminally ill and is a life long Sheffield Wednesday fan. David is pictured with Graham and family members.

“e had an unbelievable response, mainly from Wednesday fans, but also a lot from Sheffield United, Leeds and others.”

To try to brighten up his final few days his brother-in-law John Towers also launched a campaign to get his footballing heroes to visit him.

Former striker John Pearson and winger Terry Curran have visited Graham at the Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care, at the Northern General Hospital.

And yesterday came Graham’s biggest surprise when former Owls striker David Hirst – one of his favourite players – dropped by.

Former Sheffield Wednesday player David Hirst made a surprise visit to see Graham Compton at the Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care at the Northern General Hospital, Graham is terminally ill and is a life long Sheffield Wednesday fan.

Former Sheffield Wednesday player David Hirst made a surprise visit to see Graham Compton at the Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care at the Northern General Hospital, Graham is terminally ill and is a life long Sheffield Wednesday fan.

Graham, a grandfather-of-four, said: “I’m just in awe. It’s great to meet him.

“I’ve been a Sheffield Wednesday fan since I was born.

“I used to have a season ticket in the 1980s and 1990s – my favourite players were David Hirst, John Sheridan, Chris Waddle and Carlton Palmer.”

David said he was delighted to help after being inundated with messages and emails to visit.

He laughed and joked with Graham and his family reliving stories of his playing days, before signing memorabilia.

Brother-in-law John, 42, from Stocksbridge, said he decided to launch the campaign after the family were told Graham only had a few weeks to live.

He said: “He had previously been given 12 months to live but he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

“I was sitting down with my wife, Sarah, and a friend and I said: ‘I am going to do something for Graham.

“I am going to get some ex-Wednesday legends to see him’.

“We had a Facebook page and Twitter account and we were asking fans forums to see if they could give me any details of some legends.

“John Pearson and Terry Curran messaged me almost straight away to say they would come.

“David was a little harder to track down – I even messaged his son.

“Mark Bright messaged me back to say he was on pre-season with Crystal Palace and Carlton Palmer said he was out of the country but when he comes back he would gladly come.

“Chris Waddle also messaged but said he was unavailable.

“It has been just amazing. Sheffield Wednesday is not just a club, it’s a family and this had proved that for me.

“I was in tears over the response we’ve had, I’ve just been blown away.

“It means the world to Graham – it has really perked him up when they have come to visit. I can’t thank them enough.

“They have been amazing and are so down to earth and have had a bit of a laugh with us.”